There are hundreds of amazing and unforgettable places to visit on the drive to Cape Tribulation.

Cairns to Cape Tribulation is an unforgettable drive that takes under three hours. There are many incredible places and attractions to see along the way. You’ll come across many beautiful beaches, rainforests, and rivers.

Don’t forget to check out Cairns and Cape Tribulation while you’re there! Both are amazing places to explore.


Cairns has some of the most beautiful beaches like Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, and Clifton Beach. Cairns is also a popular location to do Great Barrier Reef Tours where you can dive, snorkel, or go on a glass bottom boat. Or you can do a day trip to Fitzroy Island or Green Island.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas is another location where you can go to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling, diving, and glass bottom boats.

Or you can take a stroll along the golden sand at Four Mile Beach. Here you can go swimming in the water or sit in the shade under the palm trees.

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is a beautiful scenic area with a cool river and lush rainforest. Mossman Gorge has plenty of swimming holes where you can spend hours going from one to the other. Or you can set up a blanket and have a picnic under the trees for some shade.

Daintree Rainforest and Daintree River

The Daintree Rainforest is beautiful and the oldest rainforest in the world! You can spend a day exploring the ancient rainforest to see the streams and swimming holes.

As you walk through the rainforest, expect to see all kinds of plants as there are over 3000 different types! Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for all sorts of wildlife in the rainforest. You might spot the giant cassowary, tree kangaroos, and many more.

Inside the Daintree Rainforest lies the Daintree River which weaves all through the rainforest. You can jump on a cruise that takes you through the river to see crocodiles and other wildlife. As you’re on the cruise, take in your surroundings of the tall rainforest trees, and all shades of green from the plants.

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation is magical as it’s where two world heritage listed sites meet. As you’re at Cape Tribulation Beach, you’ll be overlooking the Great Barrier Reef, while behind you is the Daintree Rainforest.

From rainforests, rivers, and beaches, there are many beautiful places to see on the way to Cape Tribulation from Cairns. Wanting to check out these amazing places? You can book a one day tour and go to Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Or you can book another tour and go to Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, and stop by Port Douglas.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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